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Klopp's key to replacing Nunez and Firmino upfront

By Charles Cornwall

Klopp's key to replacing Nunez and Firmino upfront

In addition to the already existing and increasing injuries, the dismissal of Darwin Nunez has added to Liverpool's problems.

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Although it is not yet a crisis, Liverpool are going through a moment of uncertainty after starting the Premier League with two draws, the first against Fulham and the second against Crystal Palace at Anfield on Monday, plus injuries and the recent sending off of Darwin Nunez.

The latter has drastically reduced Jürgen Klopp's options in attack for the Reds. Moreover, Liverpool have a four-point gap between them and top spot in the Premier League. Jürgen Klopp's latest change against Crystal Palace may give his side the fix they need in the absence of Darwin Núñez ahead of the game against Manchester United.

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The only team in England's top six to have made a worse start is Manchester United, and it is the club's arch-rivals Liverpool face on Monday night. Klopp is hoping to be able to count on a few returnees, such as Roberto Firmino, who could be available, but against Crystal Palace, the Liverpool boss may have found an alternative solution to solve the club's attacking line-up through his final substitution of the game.

Fabio Carvalho

Fabio Carvalho came on in the final 10 minutes of the game against the to play on the left side of the attack, as he swapped with Luis Díaz to move into the centre and play as a false nine, and although it was a brief spell, Carvalho's performance was very promising.

Indeed, had his powerful volley from outside the box been a little closer to goal, he could have been the perfect substitution for Klopp, and the press would be praising Carvalho after his last-gasp winner. Although it didn't work out, Carvalho got into the right areas and gave Liverpool a different start and, more importantly, a goal threat, which is something Klopp needs to think about in Nunez's absence for Liverpool's next three games.